Toms River Teen Dies In Early Morning Car Accident

Police: car went through stop sign, hit tree

Photo: TRPD
Photo: TRPD
A 19-year-old Toms River man died early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle car crash in which one other person was seriously injured.

Francis Duddy, of Holly Street, was a passenger in the 2006 Honda Civic being driven by Conner Hanfin, 18, of Hemlock Hill Drive, according to police spokesman Ralph Stocco. Duddy was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:36 a.m. accident; Hanfin was extricated by emergency rescue crews and was flown by medevac helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he is listed in critical condition.

The vehicle, Stocco said, went through a stop sign and crossed over Vaughn Avenue. It continued a short distance on Yellowbank Road until it went over the curb at the end of the cul-de-sac, then entered a wooded area and struck a tree.

Toms River Police Department Traffic Safety Officer David Bartoshek is conducting the investigation and is being assisted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Support Team and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU Evidence Unit, Stocco said.

Rescue efforts were conducted by Toms River Police EMS, MONOC paramedics, East Diver Fire Department, Silverton Fire Department, and Toms River Fire Company #2. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

No charges have been filed as of yet.
Breezy March 04, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Wow! I never realized how insensitive our society has become....
Heywood March 05, 2014 at 07:47 AM
@Breezy~ What makes you say that? People are just inquiring about possible causes/scenarios for this crash. Those who are offended should realize this forum is not a Memorial Service, it's a news service. I notice that almost a month has passed and still no further details.
1stcav March 05, 2014 at 08:56 AM
And any details won't change anything, the police are investigating , more charges are pending. Two families are broken, one had to bury their son and one is facing more charges. What more should the public be told ?? The rest will play out in the papers and you can read it there , move on and let them morn for now ...a little calm before the storm...please. So sad for all involved , this could have been avoided with a phone call , Please pick me up , I screwed up...wish that was the case here...
Betty Boop March 05, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Like I said a month ago. Sweep under the rug. No followup story Dan??? Tox results have been in long ago.
Genrl Quarters March 07, 2014 at 04:56 PM
@1stcav.....you say "more charges are pending" ? I wasn't aware that ANY at all had been filed to date.


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